21 JUNE, 2008
A resounding refrain amongst Nigerians is that we are too quick to take down our own.
Question. How many Nigerian so called Universities have deemed it fit to bestow an honorary Phd on one of the most influential musicians of our time, Fela Anikulapo-Kuti? He began the type of critical assessment by results of Nigeria. It is now a national pastime, yet, there are no plaques anywhere in Nigeria to commemorate his awesome achievements. There are no national holidays to celebrate his birthday/death nor lifetime even though we have become adepts in telling people about our Shuffering and Shmiling.
“History, despite its wrenching pain, cannot be unlived, but if faced with courage, need not be lived again” by Maya Angelou
We do not love our country any less but when we see a rat, we call it as it is. People can gloss it as best as possible but, the rest of us have seen it in the Teacher Don't Teach Me Nonsense and must be shown proof in benefits to all. The post colonial era governments blamed the British et all, the military blamed the tribalists, the scary democracy lot blamed everyone else. The OBJ years, well, we have barely moved and now that another push/pull government is in progress, things are falling apart again.
Fela Anikulapo-Kuti began this in 1971 with Why Black Man Dey Suffer and he was right. He was a musician and not an MBA elite but due to the way he was forced to live in squalor compared to his trips abroad, he wanted change and tried to inform though his music. His music lives but blogs have taken up that cry and it is alive online, everyday. Scare the investors? The investors had better go learn about Fela. In its original Arabic form, risk means earning one's daily bread and Fela sang plenty about that. Authority Stealing is another education itself.